Harbor Seal Pup Season in New England

Updated: Jun 26, 2021

Spring in New England brings many welcomed changes: budding flowers, longer days, warmer weather, and harbor seal pup season! Harbor seals live on the east and west coasts of the US, as well as around Europe and Asia. Pupping season varies among regions, but New England harbor seals give birth between May and early June. With more people frequenting beaches during this time period, human interaction with seal pups on beaches is more likely. The sight of a lone pup can cause beachgoers to believe the pup has been abandoned or sick, and is in need of help. Although many are well-intentioned, these interactions can be harmful to both the seal pup and humans involved. So what do you need to know before approaching a pup this harbor seal pup season? <